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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

The North Korean situation continues, with no clear idea as to what might emerge, the (completely predictable) failure of the world's great powers to agree on a course of action means that everything is still pretty much in headless chicken mode, and it's not clear what the next step might be.

Speaking of resisting oppressive regimes, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" toy launch day of "Force Friday" seemed to be more of a damp squib than last time, with not a lot going on in any toys shops I heard about, but we did learn that The Last Jedi will feature a First Order equivalent for BB-8, a black and silver model named BB-9E (Though I think I like the fan name of BB-H8 better)

And for those wanting to remember a time when the US President was capable of measured, thoughtful turns of phrase and not limited to 140 characters, the letter that Obama left for Trump has been released, and it's a thing to treasure. of course, the passage about making sure he spent time with his family and loved ones, seems to have been misinterpreted to mean "give them all jobs on staff".



Meanwhile, a 7 year old girl in Cornwall has pulled a four foot sword from the lake where, according to legend, King Arthur threw Excalibur.

Look, I'm not saying that strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is any basis for a system of government, but based on where the current shower have left the UK at the moment, I'd be prepared to give her a go, she'd have to work quite hard to do worse.

And speaking of Brexit... well, "shambolic" doesn't even begin to cover it. It does seem to becoming clear to a lot of people (who don't write for the Daily Mail, Sun or Express at any rate) that there was a LOT of deception and lying going on about how easy it would be to leave the EU, but alas those in power have invested too much of their egos in the situation to back down now.

Speaking of unidentifiable stains (See, I can do subtle political segues), the University of Illinois has put a list of literally thousands of stains and how to remove them online. Scans_Daily, come for the comics, stay for the domestic salvation... or info for cleaning up your crime-scene, we won't judge.

It's exactly 25 years to the day since Batman: The Animated series had it's worldwide debut (Not in the US as you might have assumed, but in the UK, where we got "The Cat and the Claw Pt1" at 9:30am, several hours before the US got "On Leather Wings". I'm not goint to deny the US got a better episode to start with, but still...)

The BBC are running a season called "100 Women" about inspiring and influential women and intending to address; the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport. So, to start with, here are nine things you possibly didn't know were invented by women

Oh, and John Barrowman's most recent cosplay is perhaps his most entertaining yet (and hopefully slightly less tone-deaf than his comments when cosplaying as the TARDIS). I've never been a huge fan of his acting, but appreciate his skills as an entertainer, but daaaaamn, those LEGS!

Date: 2017-09-05 11:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
Not much going on here. Hurricane Harvey cleared out - and Houston is draining and rebuilding. My family got through without any major issues, but we were lucky.

Sadly the weather messed up a lot and I had to skip working a convention I'd been working towards for ages. Now I need to figure out how to make up that chunk of missing income. And also figure out how to help fund raise for a local library that got flooded.

Date: 2017-09-05 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
So it turns out Casablanca is a really good movie.

Yeah, only just got around to seeing it this weekend. Don't judge me.

Date: 2017-09-05 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
Glad you liked the movie, will you play it again?

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Date: 2017-09-05 01:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] katefan
If you get a chance and haven't seen it yet, check out The Maltese Falcon. And no, I don't judge when it comes to people not seeing movies and nobody should. There are thousands of films now and so few hours in the day to watch them as well as all the t.v. shows and Youtube channels.

If you are interested at all in film noir Dick Powell's Murder, My Sweet is a real gem. The Killers (both versions, with the sixties one having the bonus of Ronald Reagan as a bad guy.), Double Indemnity, The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, Laura (This movie is a real mystery masterpiece in my opinion.), and Fury (The Spencer Tracy version. Never saw Kirk Douglas' flick.) are all classics in my opinion.

If you are looking for other Bogart movies Passage to Marseille is an excellent war film, so is Sahara. All Through The Night is a more comedic film with Bogart playing a gangster who winds up taking on Nazi 5th columnists, I love the line when he sees a bomb and says "This is all pretty Flash Gordon". Finally Action In The North Atlantic is pure propaganda but interesting to watch from a historical perspective. Try counting how many times the cast says "liberty ship(s)".

Date: 2017-09-05 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bruinsfan
Hey, I waited until I was in my late 30s so I could see it in a real theater rather than on a TV screen. Worth the wait.

Date: 2017-09-05 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
I too accept our new cute as a button overlord. Definitely a step up in leadership there, I think.

Bad news for wildlife in Scotland, this week. A satellite tagged endangered Hen Harrier, a bird that often suffers illegal persecution from game keepers, was revealed to have gone missing over a grouse moor and on the very same day the driven grouse shooting season started. Game keepers groups report they are baffled as to how it could have happened. Even the BBC, which usually refuses to acknowledge illegal bird of prey persecution from gamekeepers, found that one suspicious.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41107663

Also a gooseander, a species hated by salmon fishers, angling groups, and water bailiffs, has been found illegally shot on a salmon river.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-41148073

It is widely accepted by wildlife groups that incidents like these only represent the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to wildlife crime.

In less grim news, I over heard this exchange in the supermarket yesterday between a man and his daughter:
Man:"I think somebody else is driving my car"
Daughter:"How can somebody else be driving your car dad?"
M:"Every time I take it out I check the mileage, and it keeps going up"
D: "Dad, do you check the mileage when you get back?"
M: "Do you think I should?"
D: "Dad........"

I wonder if the penny dropped, at all? Unfortunately I finished at the self checkout then and had no excuse to keep eavesdropping, so I'll never know.

Date: 2017-09-05 12:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spider_man6
Just started college at my art school. It's nice, everyone's cool and classes start soon. I'm working on a personal comic called Leather, and it's shaping up pretty good.

Date: 2017-09-05 12:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] speedingtortoise
I finished The Defenders last night . . . and was rather disappointed. I didn't think it was necessarily BAD, it just wasn't great IMO.

*****SPOILERS BELOW*****

I think one thing that really frustrated me was how the hand was handled. They were supposed to be this ancient, all-powerful, terrifying order, but they were relatively easy to dispatch and their plans weren't that great. Alexandra used the last of the reviving substance to bring back Elektra and reclaim the Black Sky . . . but unless I missed something, the Black Sky ended up being nothing more than a talented fighter for the hand. After everything we'd seen in Daredevil, I expected there would be more to it (involving the Beast of the hand or something of the sort), but nothing ever came up.

Date: 2017-09-05 01:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
So apparently Inhumans is a huge mess. Currently 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. I wonder if Ike the Spike is gnashing his teeth to see the culmination of his years-long plan to replace the X-Men go up in smoke.

Date: 2017-09-05 01:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
I didn't even know it was possible to get 0% on RT.

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Date: 2017-09-05 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I didn't hate it, but it was pretty silly all things considered. Karnak steps on an unstable section of earth while trying to climb down a cliff, despite my understanding of his abilities mean that he should have known it wouldn't hold in the first place.

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Date: 2017-09-05 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I have watched it on Sunday. I was prepared to be give it a lot of slack. But in the end, it's just really bad. Mostly IMO due to the writing/show running. The cast works well overall, and I feel so sorry for them as a result.

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Date: 2017-09-05 01:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm 33, and lived my adulthood so far as a "not-quite-gender-conforming bi male with a thing for crossdressing". After a lot of questioning and wistful longing and the endless mental labyrinths of denial, I've come to accept that I'm MtF trans. (In hindsight it seems so obvious.)

I'm reaching out to local support groups, trying to find out how to go about transitioning. So far my first discovery was, well, happiness. When I tentatively came out last week to my (supportive, bi) girlfriend, I didn't expect, conceive, or imagine that I'd feel happy, much less this happy. I had pretty much accepted that being miserable was part of my personality or core being; a mental defect called "depression", something I just had to cope with. I was uncomfortable with the male features of my body, of course, and with masculinity in general; but I just thought I "leaned androgynous". I didn't relate that discomfort to my anxiety and all-around emotional deadness. And yet, poof—the simple act of not presenting as "man", before even shaving, made me feel a lightness and relief and satisfaction with life that I didn't even imagine I had in myself. I've been crying every day, and the good kind of tears. I'm crying at stuff like Sailor Moon gifs. I find it all quite weird and uncanny. what the hell, I'm trans.

Date: 2017-09-05 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations :)

Best of luck for the transition!

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Date: 2017-09-05 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm sleepy all the damn time and it's atrocious for my productiviy.

I get plenty of sleep at night too, so I have no idea where the hell this urge to hibernate comes from.

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Date: 2017-09-05 01:19 pm (UTC)
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If Kate Bush isn't on this 100 Women list then I declare it invalid.

Date: 2017-09-05 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nightauditguy
I'm a little surprised in the midst of all that UK talk, you didn't mention that Kate Middleton is expecting again. Wonder if after this one, she'll want William to get royally snipped

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Date: 2017-09-05 03:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
Last week I'd applied for a job as a Sewing Machine Maintenance & Repair person at a fabric/sewing shoppe in a neighboring town.

I've not so much as looked at a sewing machine since I'd made a shirt and a laundry bag in a costuming class I'd taken in college, 20+ years ago.

I told the owner of the shoppe this. I also told her I'm curious, an eager learner, and enjoy figuring out how things work, and that my 13 years experience in an academic library (and ~1 year as an insurance agent) taught me many tips and tricks on how to research & look up information so I can learn the things I don't already know.

Ten minutes later, I was offered the job! I start next week, this week I'll be shadowing the guy who currently does the sewing machine maintenance & repair before he leaves.

(I still have and use that laundry bag; the shirt disintegrated years ago.)

Date: 2017-09-06 12:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Huzzah!

Date: 2017-09-05 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] informationgeek
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle has dropped! Anyone get a chance to play or watch it? Looks amazing!


Also, with all of this crazy news going on, I miss not having Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver not on the air. I mean, Trevor Noah is fine, but I need more comedy to survive this insanity! D:

Date: 2017-09-05 05:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate


I found this in a side room in Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

It's London in 1914, and it looks like a poster for a Jewish soccer league/club/organisation.

Any guesses?

Date: 2017-09-05 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Looks an awful lot like one of the Apples. It's got the lines all over it, and the triangles would probably be an artistic representation of it glowing.

But that sort of depends on where this side room is.

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Date: 2017-09-05 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Was really hoping to get to a purveyor of toys on Sunday, to go on a mad splurge for The Last Jedi LEGO (or a mild splurge, at the very least).
Alas, twas not to be.

... admittedly, it would have been unlikely any of my LTS would have any (well, save my LCS, I suppose).
So I say, to stave off madness.
Though, frankly, the fact so many are pretty darned expensive is off-putting.
Also the greater focus on the First Order. Some freaking good guy sets that aren't upward of fifty quid would be nice, is all.

And most damning of all: NO LUKE. WHY IS THERE STILL. NO. LUKE?!
... is it so much to ask that Luke be there? Is it?
(Increasingly worried about what this means for him in the movie.)

Though that First Order walker thingy looks... kind of bizarre. No chicken legs? Someone's playing with fire.
Also Kylo Ren having an evil BB-8 is amusing. Has someone got droid envy?

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Date: 2017-09-05 11:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bolindbergh
Speaking of swords in lakes, what if Uther and Igraine had a daughter rather than a son? King Martha provides a not-very-serious answer.

Date: 2017-09-06 12:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Over at my blog, I have an update on my housing situation: http://www.skjam.com/2017/09/05/open-thread-housing-situation-update/ (Short version: My Gofundme is open again.)

But for those who'd prefer better news, here's my review of a graphic novel biography of a currently hot musical star: http://www.skjam.com/2017/09/04/comic-book-review-alexander-hamilton/

Date: 2017-09-06 01:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indy2012
Got to spend a rainy Sunday with the hubby watching 1954's Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, and Humphrey Bogart on our projector. It's nice to see the oldies closer to how they were intended to be seen. It has always been one of my favorite films and still is despite some of mysoginystic aspects of the love triangle. However, I have a greater appreciation for the inherent feminism in the fact that Hepburn gets to be matured and sexualized through her wardrobe (as Karina Longworth of the You Must Remember This Podcast puts it, "a nun in the front and a dominatrix in the back" when describing Sabrina's black cocktail dress) and doesn't get punished for it. She's a "nice girl" who also happens to have sex (despite no overt sex happening in the movie).

We then started watching Dr. Strange, and I fell asleep.

Also, when reading through the story of the 7-year-old with the sword, did anyone else notice that her father is a total bear?

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